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11 arrested in St. Croix in federal drug probe

ST. CROIX, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) -- Authorities in the U.S. Virgin Islands say they have arrested members of a Texas-based drug-trafficking ring accused of shipping more than 500 kilograms (1,100 pounds) of marijuana to the island of St. Croix.

St. Croix Police Chief Christopher Howell says a local court officer was among the 11 people arrested during early morning raids Thursday in St. Croix.

Six other people were arrested in the Dallas area last week.

Authorities accuse the group of mailing more than 100 parcels weighing anywhere from four pounds (two kilograms) to 24 pounds (11 kilograms) to various addresses in St. Croix over a span of almost three years.

Authorities say they have documented some $400,000 in alleged proceeds from drug sales but say all the drugs shipped were likely worth much more.

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